Clinton, Ionia, & Shiawassee Multi-Use Rail Trail

State of Michigan

Another large chunk of the 130-mile Fred Meijer Trail network, a rails-to-trails project, the CIS trail creatively deals with old railroad trestles to make a beautiful ride.

Prein&Newhof partnered with Eng. Inc. to design a 42-mile-long of trail segment between Ionia and Owosso. It is part of the 130-mile Fred Meijer Trail network that will eventually stretch from Owosso to Alma, via Lowell and Greenville. Eng. Inc. provided the survey, and Prein&Newhof was responsible for design. The project transformed 42 miles of rail bed into non-motorized trail and converted several railroad trestles into trail bridges. It also required replacing several culverts. The trail corridor is owned by MDOT.

The majority of the trail was constructed with crushed limestone but paved as it passes through the urban areas of Muir, Fowler, Pewamo, St. Johns, and Ovid. Near Ovid, the trail leaves the rail bed and follows an alternate route to accommodate a milk processing facility.

The Michigan DNR managed the project. The project was funded by grants from the MDOT Transportation Enhancement Program and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.


Project Manager Scott Post, PE, (616) 364-8491

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